March 8, 2019

NEW YORK — The Center on Global Energy Policy announced today that Tellurian Inc., a global natural gas company, has made a $2 million pledge to Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. The gift will support CGEP’s leading-edge work on climate and energy policy over two years.

“The Center on Global Energy Policy is a leading independent voice on climate and energy issues. We conduct research to link the policies, technologies, and investments needed to achieve our climate goals,” said Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of CGEP. “Our research helps policymakers make more informed decisions about a range of design and implementation issues designed to address climate change, and we are grateful to Tellurian for their generous support to expand our work.”

“We need concrete solutions to climate change. We are committed to supporting a robust public debate and independent research on energy and climate policy, including how to best design and implement a price on carbon,” said Charif Souki, Tellurian co-founder and member of CGEP’s Advisory Board. “This policy discussion must be grounded in reliable data and independent analysis, which is exactly what the Center on Global Energy Policy contributes.”

Dean Merit E. Janow added, “Climate change presents serious threats to the economy, the environment, and national security, providing critical opportunities for scholarship, training, and engagement. This gift will enhance the roles of the School of International and Public Affairs and the Center on Global Energy Policy as forums for the exploration of energy and climate policy challenges while providing important training for the next generation of energy professionals and policy leaders.”

CGEP’s work on climate change and the environment includes a focus on carbon pricing research that explores key questions and implications related to the design and implementation of a carbon tax in the United States, and a major new research initiative to study the public policy, financial and economic aspects of carbon management. CGEP does not advocate for a particular policy position but explores the decisions policymakers will confront when designing policy solutions to address climate change at the federal and state level, and their implications on energy markets, emissions, and economic outcomes.

About the Center on Global Energy Policy: CGEP’s mission is to enable public and private sector leaders to make more informed choices about the world’s most pressing energy issues. Based at one of the world’s greatest research universities, CGEP combines academic research with the experience of senior energy experts from government, academia, industry, and non-governmental organizations. CGEP is supported by Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs through contributions from foundations, corporations, and individual donors who share Columbia’s commitment to improving energy policy through rigorous and independent analysis, and engaged dialogue on global climate and energy issues. For more information and to view a list of our partners, please visit:

About the School of International and Public Affairs: For more than 70 years, SIPA has been educating professionals who work in public, private, and nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the world. Through rigorous social science research and hands-on practice, SIPA’s graduates and faculty strive to improve social services, advocate for human rights, strengthen markets, protect the environment, and secure peace, in their home communities and around the world. For more information, please visit

About Columbia University: A leading academic and research university, Columbia continually seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and addressing the complex global issues of our time. Columbia’s extensive public service initiatives, cultural collaborations, and community partnerships help define the University’s underlying values and mission to educate students to be both leading scholars and informed, engaged citizens. Founded in 1754 as King’s College, Columbia University in the City of New York is the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

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